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Black River Trail Loop is a 7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Chester, New Jersey that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.0 mi Elevation gain 744 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Partially paved

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Muddy

Rocky

Scramble

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Getting There

Take I-80 West to Exit 27A and continue south on U.S. Route 206 for 8.0 miles. Turn right onto County Route 513 and follow it for 1.2 miles to the entrance to Cooper Mill Park, on the left side of the road.

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Recordings (565)
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nelson jimenez
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WalkingBugsMuddyRocky

It was a very beautiful trail it had a nice running river I give it a 4 out of 5 because the roots of the tree were sticking out and I would trip on it some times

Arun Joshi
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Hiking

Good trail overall. The river stops are good but it would be awesome if there was a view point at the top.

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Donna M
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Hiking

What a beautiful hike! We started at Coopers Mill and followed the Black River along the Patriots’ Path until we veered away from the river toward the junction that took us to Kay’s Conservatory. While there, we enjoyed the tiny little butterfly garden, but there was not much else to see. From there, we took Kays road to Pottersville Road until we found the Red Trail. We took the Red Trail down the mountain toward the river until it reconnected to the Patriots’ Path and back to Coopers Mill. The meandering walk along the river was tranquil and really beautiful. The Red Trail down the mountain was a little more strenuous, but quite lovely and serene in its own way.

Brenda Cabrera
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HikingBugs
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Lucy Randall
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Hiking

This was so lovely- best trail we’ve done in this area. So many great places to go swimming in the river. We saw a beautiful stone structure across the river and went across on a fallen tree to explore- very cool! Pretty well marked, mostly flat with a few up/down hill parts. We loved this hike! Did it on a weekday, so wasn’t too crowded!

Erin G.
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HikingMuddy
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Liz Matthews
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Dan Zelikman
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

Epic trail. Too crowded. Come here early on a weekday and I’m sure you’ll love it.

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Chris Lobo
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Truly one of the most beautiful trails in New Jersey. Spectacular walk along side the river. Challenging elevation after. You do walk on a road for about a quarter mile, but its a small price to pay for a varied and enjoyable hike. Wear good shoes, and definitely take the trail that runs alongside the river, not the one parallel to it.

Joe Costello
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HikingBugsGreat!Over grownRocky

More strenuous than most of the reviews I'm seeing, especially since you have to dodge a lot of poison ivy! The sanctuary about 2 miles in makes the whole trip worth it -- absolutely breathtaking. I was the only one there and brought my hammock to rest before the descent back to the car.

Matan Sadyuk
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Hiking

Beautiful trail with various types of scenery, some parts are quite exotic and jungle like. Lightly trafficked.

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Carmen Whitmore
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HikingRockyScramble

Excellent choices!!!! Varied terrains, ruins, wildlife all here.

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Pamela C
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Winter Rosen
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HikingOver grownRocky

So tranquil. Went super early to avoid crowds. Barely saw anyone out there. very quiet.

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Adelina Potochar
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Hiking

Only took a little over two miles to get to the ruins! The woods here are amazing

Peter Daniel
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this was a nice easy walk for 85% of it. there's nice places to see (nature reserve, butterfly garden, abandoned structures, river points) and varied elevation that isn't steep. I was hoping for more elevation challenge that day but I would return here.

Erin Esteves
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Hiking

Nice flat trail. Good for kids. You can park at the Kay Environmental Center and access the trails from there as well. Grab your swimsuit because you can jump in the Black River and cool off!

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Elefterios Repantis
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Hiking

It was a great trail! Top 5 all time!

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Rahel Shimrony
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HikingMuddyOver grown

If you are coming for the waterfalls go back after the first 15 minutes. Did the longest walk of 7 miles in 4 hours and would not do it again. Was not enjoyable. Very little wildlife. lots of incline and deline on the trail along the water. The path was continually narrow and at times hard to pass unless walking at a horizontal. Great for those looking a for a physically challenging hike. Not for those looking for a stroll. Worth mentioning there are about three shorter trails of 1-2 miles that could be nice. Also a conservatory about 2 miles in.

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